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The Politics of the PTA


reviewed by Karla C. Lewis — 2003

coverTitle: The Politics of the PTA
Author(s): Charlene K. Haar
Publisher: Transaction Publishing, Piscataway
ISBN: 0765800845, Pages: 186, Year: 2002
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Family and community involvement is increasingly becoming an important component of the national school reform agenda. This topic was deemed a necessary aspect of Goals 2000 and remains prominent in the No Child Left Behind legislation, which requires Title I funding for parental involvement and school-based partnership programs. In fact, The National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA or PTA) has been at the forefront of promoting family involvement through it’s adaptation of Joyce Epstein’s (1995) framework of six types of involvement that link various parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community activities to student success. Charlene Haar in The Politics of the PTA leads the reader through a historical account of the National PTA and a critique of its current agenda. Haar’s book can be divided into three sections: the history of the National PTA, contemporary PTA issues, and the PTA’s relationship with parents. The first four chapters of the book detail the founding of the organization as well as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1289-1291
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11149, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 1:45:41 PM

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  • Karla Lewis
    Johns Hopkins University
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    Karla C. Lewis is a Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Organizations of Schools and Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University. Her current research interests include school, family, and community partnerships in high schools and paraprofessionals in elementary education. Recent publications include, We know what’s best for you: Silencing of people of color (co-authored with A. Esquivel, D. Rodriguez, D. Stovall, and T. Williams in The Freirean Legacy: Educating for Social Justice (2002).
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